11 May 2017 — The first larger quantum computers will soon be available. These computers need new software. Researchers at Leiden University have been awarded a Gravitation grant to develop the necessary software. They will be collaborating with colleagues from other research institutions.
The award of 18.8 million euros will enable researchers at Leiden University, QuSoft, CWI, QuTech, TU Delft, UvA and VU to carry out research over a ten-year period. Harry Buhrman (CWI, UvA, QuSoft) is the lead applicant for this Gravitation proposal. He was delighted with the award: ‘Quantum compters and networks have the power to make calculations and carry out tasks that we couldn’t even dream of with conventional computers. This technology has enormous potential but you have to know in advance what you’re going to do with it and – even more important – how. This grant will allow us to develop the necessary quantum software. It is a huge scientific challenge but we can now really work all-out on it.’